'I didn't want to at first' says the 'American Psycho' author after being asked by rapper
Author Bret Easton Ellis has confirmed that he has written a film for Kanye West.
Speaking to Vice, the writer of American Psycho said listening to ‘Yeezus’ convinced him to pen the movie. He commented of the screenplay: “He came and asked me to write the film. I didn’t want to at first. Then I listened to ‘Yeezus’. It was early summer last year and I was driving in my car. He’d given me an advance copy and I thought, regardless of whether I’m right for this project, I want to work with whoever made this. So fuck it, I said yes. And that’s how it happened. That was seven or eight months ago. We’ll see what happens.”
He said he couldn’t give away any details surrounding the film, but did comment: “It’s in Kanye-land and that’s subject to a whole other timeframe.”
Last year Ellis first mentioned the script which was then “kind of in the works.” In 2013 he teamed up with West on a short film inspired by American Psycho. Speaking about the ‘Yeezus’ promo video they made together, Ellis said at the time: “I just got a text one day… it said, ‘It’s Kanye, do you have time to rap?’ And then suddenly my phone rang and someone said, ‘Kanye got your number and he wants you to write this promo for ‘Yeezus’.’ And so we went back and forth on it and he wanted it done, like, that day. So I wrote it very quickly and they shot it two or three days later. It’s funny. It’s really just a goof.”
The clip was filmed in Brooklyn, New York with Jonathan Cheban, a friend of Kanye’s partner Kim Kardashian and Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian’s boyfriend.